I have been working at US Bureau of Reclamation full-time (More than 10 years)
Good work-life balance for the most part, but challenging work that sometimes requires extra effort (hours). Pay is less than industry at senior levels but balanced by benefits and quality of life. Not your stereotypical boring govt job environment; it is interesting work with a good purpose - supplying water to the west.
Part of federal government and subject to whims of congress and administration (zero to low pay raises for at about the last 8 years, government shutdowns). Pay system doesn't allow top performers to be truly recognized monetarily (there are relatively small incentives).
Advice to Management
Good luck. I think they have to implement top-down initiatives that they don't necessarily agree with and maintain good group attitude. Generally the first line supervisors are good at this and most people are happy.
I applied online. I interviewed at US Bureau of Reclamation (Denver, CO).
Standardized questions to all candidates. Many were typical such as why do you want to work here, etc. More detailed technical questions than other organizations typically ask. This organization is very technical for engineers so this is important.
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